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Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish poet Menke Katz, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 11, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida.

Troim was born to Menke and his then wife Chaske, herself a poet. Her mother, she says, was utterly devoted to Menke, while he lived as a bachelor away from his family. Troim was raised in the home of her maternal grandparents. It was her grandmother, and not her famous father, who encouraged her love of Yiddish literature.

Troim describes the two different stages of her relationship with her father. In her childhood, he was distant save for the four hour lectures which he would routinely deliver on Shabbos. Later, as an adult, Troim says, she became much closer to her father and he was a terrific grandfather to her children.

She also discusses her professional life, including her time as a Yiddish stenographer for writers like Itche Goldberg at the Jewish People's Fraternal Order. In recent years, Troim has made a name for herself as a poet of Yiddish erotica.

To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story

To cite this interview: Troim Katz Handler Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Boca Raton, Florida, March 11, 2013. Video recording, https://archive.org/details/TroimKatzHandler11march2013YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )


Producer Yiddish Book Center (Emily B.)
Audio/Visual sound, color

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